Meet the Family Hop

For the next few days, I’m hosting the Meet the Family Holiday Hop, a celebration of families (both real and fictional) at the holidays! If you’d like to join the hop, it’s not too late. Simply post on your blog any date 10th-13th December and then add your post link to the linky at the bottom of the post.

Meet the Tylers: Leah Tyler

Although I love the holidays with my own family, I want to share the family traditions of the Tylers this week. The Tylers are the family featured in In Leah’s Wake. Yesterday, I shared an introduction to the book and the family. Today, I’m sharing Leah’s favorite holiday tunes.

Leah TylerSome of these are contemporary, while others are ones she grew up listening to her Dad – Will – playing. A former musician, Will Tyler often played his guitar to the kids when they were young. Leah has an eclectic and fun taste in music – and great rhythm. She’s all set to play professional soccer (at least until bad-boy boyfriend Todd Corbett comes along…) but definitely had the talent for dancing!

Leah Tyler was an All-Star soccer player, the MVP of her high school team, and a Boston Globe All-Scholastic Player of the Year. She’s 16 years old and lives in Cortland, Massachusetts, with her parents and younger sister, Justine.

Leah Tyler: A Holiday Playlist

I love music! Always have. I guess that’s what happens when you have a musician dad. Too bad he gave it up. He doesn’t even get his guitar out these days. Too fixated on me and soccer I guess.  Figures I’d end up with Todd. He’s so cool. He worked as a sound technician for Cobra, an alternative rock band when he was 19. His dad worked for Rounder Records, so I guess he’s got it in the blood too.

I’d have loved to have been a dancer. Dancing is so much fun. Then again, maybe – like soccer – when you have to do it, it loses something. I wish mom and dad had bought me dancing lessons when I was a kid, though. It would have beat piano lessons hands down!

So anyway, these are some of my favorite songs for the holidays. I like the revamped modern tunes but I guess you can’t beat the oldies either. Enjoy!

Leah’s Holiday Playlist

Full Playlist
Musical Christmas treeElla Fitzgerald, “The Christmas Song”
Shakira, “Santa Baby”
John Lennon, “Imagine”
Sarah McLachlan, “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”
Barenaked Ladies, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
The Arcade Fire, “Jingle Bell Rock”
Susan Boyle, “Silent Night”
Johnny Cash, “Little Drummer Boy”
Jon Bon Jovi, “Please Come Home for Christmas”
Elvis Presley, “In the Ghetto”
Jennifer Hudson, “Oh Holy Night”
Amy Winehouse, “I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus”
The Charlie Brown Song, “Christmas Time is Here”
Andy Williams, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year”
Judy Garland, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Maybe this Christmas will be the turning point. I hope so. Family and Todd are the two most important things in my life.

Happy holidays!

In Leah's Wake - Terri Giuliano LongA Story of Love, Loss, Connection, and Grace

At the heart of the seemingly perfect Tyler family stands sixteen-year-old Leah. Her proud parents are happily married, successful professionals. Her adoring younger sister is wise and responsible beyond her years. And Leah herself is a talented athlete with a bright collegiate future. But living out her father’s lost dreams, and living up to her sister’s worshipful expectations, is no easy task for a teenager. And when temptation enters her life in the form of drugs, desire, and a dangerously exciting boy, Leah’s world turns on a dime from idyllic to chaotic to nearly tragic.

As Leah’s conflicted emotions take their toll on those she loves-turning them against each other and pushing them to destructive extremes-In Leah’s Wake powerfully explores one of fiction’s most enduring themes: the struggle of teenagers coming of age, and coming to terms with the overwhelming feelings that rule them and the demanding world that challenges them. Terri Giuliano Long’s skillfully styled and insightfully informed debut novel captures the intensely personal tragedies, victories, and revelations each new generation faces during those tumultuous transitional years.

Recipient of multiple awards and honors, In Leah’s Wake is a compelling and satisfying reading experience with important truths to share-by a new author with the voice of a natural storyteller and an unfailingly keen understanding of the human condition: at every age.


Check back over Wednesday and Thursday when more posts will be added to the linky, as others share their ‘Meet the Family’ posts! Would you like to know what the family pet, Dog, wants for Christmas? Check out this entry I did for the All Pets Want for Christmas hop.

Wondering which In Leah’s Wake character you are? Take the character quiz to find out!


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